No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe

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The deputy attorney general's testimony comes after Trump friend and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said Monday that Trump was considering "terminating" the special counsel who is overseeing the Justice Department's wide-ranging inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

In a February meeting, Comey said, Trump told Sessions and other administration officials to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said. Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, the NSA's recently departed deputy director, have agreed to meet with Mueller's investigators as early as next week.

In the memo in question, Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

"I'm not a flak for the White House".

"You're suggesting that in the entire country there are no Republican attorneys that Mueller might have hired", he added, "I don't give the benefit of the doubt to somebody who could only hire Democrats but claims we ought to trust him".

A spokesman for Kasowitz said, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

"I think there's very serious questions about Director Mueller running the special prosecution of the president", Ruddy said Tuesday on MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta Van Susteren". He then said: "I might even lengthen out the investigation, but I have to do the right thing for the American people". "But they've chosen the wrong man".

From a conservative radio talk show: "I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel, because Comey makes so clear that it's the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation director leaking to the New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation".

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary.

If true, the investigation represents an expansion of Mr Mueller's original probe into links between Moscow and the 2016 Trump presidential election campaign.

Obstruction of justice is the crime of taking actions to interfere with an official investigation.

Ms sanders also said says the president was pleased with attorney general Jeff Sessions' evidence to Congress on Tuesday. Comey told the Senate that he viewed that as a clear directive from the president to drop the investigation.

Former FBI Director details meetings with Trump. The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been in exchange for some kind of financial payoff and that there would have been an effort to hide the payments, probably by routing them through offshore banking centers.

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